Disclaimer: Disney*Pixar, Disney Channel and Disney XD sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, which included a visit about Pixar in a Box free lessons, teaching math through animation. All opinions are my own.
If you have a child of school age, chances are you are quite familiar with the acronym STEM.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
I started hearing about STEM as soon as my daughter took those first steps onto her elementary school campus. Schools focus heavily on it and nowadays many major companies invest and sponsor educational opportunities focused on it.
But last year I first heard the acronym STEAM and first told you about Pixar in a Box.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Adding creativity (aka Art) into STEM subjects at any age, but especially an early age, will get kids more excited about these areas of education. I see glimpses of this in the after school programs being offered at our elementary school.
You guys know how much I love animation. The brilliant folks from Pixar combined forces with Khan Academy to help inspire kids to learn about these sometimes challenging subjects. Just think if kids could learn how to make animated water the way Pixar did for FINDING DORY! Guess what? They can. My 8-year old did! Read on!
Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process. It’s a Free online curriculum that shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art and math to create movie magic.
Here’s a quick glimpse:
As a lifelong Disney and Pixar fan, I have a hunch that Pixar in a Box lessons can impact education in a big way, whether students are in a traditional school or homeschooled.
With Pixar In A Box Free Online STEAM Curriculum, a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, will enable students to discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.
Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar, says, “Many students start to lose interest in academics in middle and high school, partly because they don’t see how academic concepts relate to things they care about. Pixar in a Box aims to address this disconnect by showing how Pixar filmmakers use these concepts for creative benefit in their everyday work.”
Just days ago, Pixar in a Box released new lessons specifically related to the recent Disney*Pixar release FINDING DORY! I was curious and excited, so I had a pretty good feeling my almost 4th grader would be too. I love to draw Disney characters, but would a computer generated animation lesson hold my attention? Yes – oh yes!
Here’s a little introduction to the FINDING DORY lesson we began this weekend:
I thought I would watch a bit of the lesson while in the same room with my daughter, but really let her do this alone. Boy was I wrong. I got so involved in it that I’m setting up my own account! Yes – if you have multiple kiddos in your family, you can have everyone sign in so that their progress is saved. It’s not necessary to sign up in order to watch the lessons, but it’s wonderful once the activities have begun to have the work saved.
There are lessons followed by activities!
My 8 year old LOVED Pixar in a Box, particularly this FINDING DORY lesson about Effects! While we had to go over some vocabulary words a few times (like hydrodynamics and elasticity), she really did great with the lessons.
She has already learned the basics of how Pixar creates animated water and she created water herself! Not only that, but she has created animated fireworks with the fireworks simulator! My little girl is learning all about Physics in a way that is fun and engaging. It’s a win-win!
To make it even more fun for kids, they an earn energy points for each activity completed!
She is hooked and so am I. As a parent, I loved to see the excitement on her face when masters a skill. Is she interested in physics now? YES! I’m grateful for companies like Disney*Pixar and Khan Academy who take the time and spend the resources to help our children have a successful future.
Check out the Finding Dory lesson at Pixar in a Box! Remember, it’s completely free and a great summer activity too!
Check out more from our trip…
- Finding Dory Red Carpet World Premiere Experience – Celebrities!
- Spoiler-Free Finding Dory movie review
- My Exclusive Interview with Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O’Neill
- Like FINDING DORY on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory
- Follow FINDING DORY on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FindingDory
- Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/PixarFindingDory/
- Follow Disney Studios on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/finding-dory/
- Visit Disney/Pixar on Tumblr: http://disneypixar.tumblr.com
- Visit the official FINDING DORY website here:https://disney.com/findingdory
FINDING DORY now playing in theatres everywhere!